Unquestionably we all from time to time find ourselves thinking about being the autonomous and unchallenged ruler of a country, although without the risk of being deposed or assassinated, obviously. Well, this may just be wishful thinking, but the chance to own a proper ruler’s limousine is not.
At the Geneva Motor Show Vladimir Putin's personal limousine took a turn on display for its European debut to demonstrate Russia’s entrance into the luxury car market. It seems the vehicle slipped into the limelight when it was delivered to the Russian president for his most recent inauguration. It is built to an uncompromising level of ballistic and explosive protection but lesser mortals can have the version without armour. Upon receiving the motor the President gave some feedback to the designers. The car was too soft, he said, and asked that some amendments be made to make it “stronger, maybe more brutal”.
No doubt noticing the scattering of holiday brochures for Siberian gulags, the designers jumped to it with a will, headed back to the drawing board and the Aurus Senat L700 was born.
The new Aurus company, developed especially for the presidential car pool, has designs on the global luxury car market and will soon include a cabriolet version and, in time, a SUV, inevitably. The idea behind the car stems from the need for an all-wheel drive vehicle that can withstand everything the Russian roads, terrain, winter and enemies can throw at it, yet offer the last word in luxury and comfort. Designed to rival Rolls Royce, both the regular car and the limo are powered by a hybrid 4.4L V8 with a 6.6L V12 in the pipeline, both driving through a nine-speed gearbox. Despite being heavy this mighty Cheshire tank can manage the sprint to 62mph in under six seconds.
The interior of the Senat L700 limousine is naturally focused on rear passengers, with seats that recline forty-five degrees and are equipped with designer pillows. Even Presidents need to relax. The vodka is found in the built-in refrigerator with Aurus-branded crystal glasses, naturally, and fold-out tables with leather trim.
The Aurus brand is expected to begin international promotion from August coinciding with a motor show in Moscow. The project was begun not only to produce a domestic state vehicle for national prestige, but also to provide a boost to the Russian automotive industry by sponsoring the development of new technology and local production of key components; everything from engines to door handles.
Available in Russia now, this mighty motor is expected to go on sale in Europe from the end of 2020 with a price tag around €150,000. Already there have been expressions of interest from as far away as Bahrain, so if you are interested get your name down now because initially they are only making 150 per year. Of course, once it’s ordered it’s ordered, if you know what we mean? Better to play safe for now and instead buy one of the excellent used cars
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